Cousin killed following Road Accident Fund claim #Sentencing KWAZULU-NATAL - Xolani Mchunu (41) appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 24 November 2020, for kidnapping and killing his cousin Lerato Malembe (35) and was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment .
It is alleged that on 28 December 2018, Lerato Malembe
was sleeping at his home in Odlameni Section, Swayimani when he heard a knock on the door from people claiming to be the police.
The accused then broke the door open, entered the room with shining torches and started assaulting Malembe.
He dragged Malembe to his vehicle and drove away to an unknown destination.
An intensive investigation revealed that during 2013, the deceased was involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustained serious injuries.
The accused assisted the deceased in lodging a claim for damages from Road Accident Fund (RAF).
The deceased received huge sums of money and the accused started stealing from him.
He became aware that his cousin was stealing his money and confronted him, this infuriated the accused to plotting and